Welcome to Willow Glen
Willow Glen is a charming San Jose neighborhood with friendly and safe residential streets and a quaint historic downtown area. The neighborhood is very walkable and dog-friendly. Willow Glen was originally founded as an independent town and officially became part of San Jose in the 1930s. Willow Glen retains its welcoming small-town feel while being part of the tenth-largest city in the United States.
Willow Glen has an eclectic architectural mix with beautiful historic homes in a wide variety of styles. Some of the most common styles in the neighborhood include cute Queen Anne cottages, elegant neo-colonial properties, Spanish-inspired Mission Revival architecture, and classic California bungalows and Craftsman homes.
What to Love
- Beautiful historic homes
- Charming residential streets
- Small-town atmosphere
- Close to Downtown San Jose amenities
People and Lifestyle
Willow Glen is a self-contained community with a vibe and atmosphere all its own. The tree-lined downtown area features a great choice of local shops and cafes. Willow Glen is also close to many more businesses and Broadway theaters in Downtown San Jose. Booksin Elementary School is one of the top schools in the area with consistently high test scores. Willow Glen High School is also well regarded for its strong academic and sports programs. With a charming small-town atmosphere and top-performing public schools, Willow Glen is one of the most popular neighborhoods in San Jose for young families.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The walkable and dog-friendly tree-lined streets of downtown Willow Glen provide a small-town feel nestled within the city of San Jose. Lincoln Avenue is the neighborhood’s main street. This inviting stretch features boutique clothing stores, independent bookstores, and eclectic restaurants. Opa
! offers authentic Greek cuisine in a stylish space with exposed beams and brickwork. Jake’s of Willow Glen
is an easygoing local favorite for pizza, pub grub, craft beer, and live sports. Sushi Arashi
serves authentic sushi rolls and sashimi alongside tempura platters and Japanese noodle bowls, while Black Sheep Brasserie
adds a touch of Californian flair to classic French brasserie fare. Hapa’s Brewing Company
is a craft beer brewery and taproom on Lincoln Avenue with more than a dozen ales on tap. Willow Street Pizza
pairs local craft brews with outstanding wood-fired pizzas and a variety of pasta dishes. Chromatic Coffee Co.
is an artisanal small-batch coffee roaster that has been named the best coffee company in the Bay Area. There’s also delicious Italian deli goods and handmade ravioli at Bertucelli’s La Villa Gourmet
, tasty gyros and other Greek dishes at Nick the Greek, and tempting desserts at SusieCakes
. There are many more restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, vintage stores, boutiques, and entertainment options nearby in Downtown San Jose. The iconic Fairmont Hotel features world-class spa facilities and several fine dining restaurants. Enjoy seasonal Californian cuisine at The Fountain Restaurant
, exquisite steaks and chops at The Grill on the Alley
, delicious meals and award-winning wines at Morton’s The Steakhouse
, and scrumptious baked goods at Bijan Bakery & Café
. Just west of Willow Glen, The Pruneyard
shopping center features around 236 stores and 250,000 square feet of dining and retail.
Things to Do
Willow Glen Farmers’ Market
brings vendors selling farm-fresh produce and specialty foodstuffs to the downtown area every Saturday morning all year round. There are numerous pocket parks and greenspaces dotted around Willow Glen. Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park
features soccer fields and courts for basketball and tennis. The neighborhood is within easy reach of top San Jose attractions such as the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
. This elegant performance space stages Broadway musicals, lectures from star speakers, orchestral and dance performances, and concerts from some of the biggest names in music.
Willow Glen is served by the San Jose Unified School District:
- Booksin Elementary School, Public, K-5.
- Willow Glen High School, Public, 9-12.